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Wishing you all a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2011

 

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

My thanks to regular contributors Philip Chan and Neo Cheung for providing possibly the last news of 2010, this being the release on 2nd January of a Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident, ATR172 (JE 1364) featuring Astro Boy all-over advertising. On route 182 to Central (Macau Ferry) it is produced by 80M Bus Model Shop, is limited to 1,200 pieces and is expected to retail for HK$328.

2ND  UPDATE OF THE DAY


 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Further details and photographs have just been received, including the product number of 38502, and these will be added to a new page shortly.

31st December 2010

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Believed to have been released in the last few days in Hong Kong is this 80M Bus Model tram, which carries Po Sum On overall advertising (TT33661). Further details will appear shortly.


 
A new page has tonight been added the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site for the SMRT Buses (Singapore) MAN NL320F demonstrator with MCV Evolution bodywork.

 
Following my announcement on the 22nd December that I intended to close the 'Oriental Model Buses Yahoo Group' , I can now report that the Group is to continue, under the ownership of Chris Martin. May I take this opportunity to wish Chris every success in his new role.
30th December 2010

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Slash Chan

Above is one of several night shots of some recent additions to the Kowloon Motor Bus fleet sent to me by Slash Chan - more will be added as soon as time allows.


 
A new page has just been added for the plain white Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident from 80M Bus Model Shop (39705) and further photos have just been added for the KMB Enviro500 with all over advertising for KMB (39412). 
28th December 2010

 

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas


 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is the Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500 with all over advertising for KMB (39412) from 80M Bus Model Shop

Further photographs of the Buses Model KMB Volvo Olympian (BLV61001) have now been added. 

26th December 2010

 
A surprise release today in Hong Kong is a plain white Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident from 80M Bus Model Shop (39705). It features pink seating and a choice of KMB destinations and route numbers. The quantity is limited to 250 pieces.
24th December 2010

 

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today, as expected, is the Buses Model KMB Volvo Olympian (BLV61001). 


 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alan Wong

Following the introduction into service earlier this week of the Citybus Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL, further photographs have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.


 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Wei Shen

Bus fans in Singapore received a surprise Christmas present today with the introduction of the SMRT Buses MAN NL320F demonstrator. It was registered SMB 0138Y on 17th December 2010 and entered service today, operating Service 961, which plies between Woodlands and Geylang Lorong 1.

Some of the bus specifications are:

Bodywork: MCV Evolution
Engine Model: MAN D2066 Engine (Either Euro IV or V)
Engine Capacity: 10,518cc
EDS Model: Hanover
A/C Model: Denso
The bus also bears some special features. Apart from being an entirely low floor bus, it is the first public citybus in Singapore to use outward sliding exit doors (similar to KMB examples). The company is also offering free WIFI access on board the bus.
 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Mark Chua

My Thanks to Wei Shen and Mark Chua for providing the above news and photographs, more of which will be added shortly.

23rd December 2010

 
According to the Across website, Kowloon Motor Bus has today registered their Wrights bodied twin axle Volvo B9TL (PP 9062) and allocated it the fleet number AVBWS1. 

 

My thanks to the JRTeam for their efforts in sending me a copy of their Hong Kong Transport Yearbook 2009, which has just arrived - an earlier attempt having gone astray. I will shortly prepare a review which will be published in due course - a quick glance through tonight has taken rather longer than anticipated, which is always a good sign!!


 
As a navigational aid in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site, the following 'fastrack' bar has been aaded to some recently updated pages, thus enabling quicker access within the section. Any comments (good or bad) or suggestions would be welcome.

New World First Bus
Citybus Kowloon Motor Bus Other Hong Kong bus operators Singapore Bus operators Orientals in the UK Buses from the Rest of the World Other items/events of interest (not model related) Other models/items Books


 
After careful consideration, I have decided to close the 'Oriental Model Buses Yahoo Group' with effect from midnight on the 31st December. In doing so I would like to offer my sincere thanks to moderators Donald MacRae and Andrew Shirley, not only for their help and support over the nine years or so, but also for their support of this site. Thanks also to all those of you who have contributed during this time. For those who aren't already members, there is of course DBi (Diecast Buses interactive), where there are always discussions on a wide range of topics.
22nd December 2010

 
A new page has now been added for the Buses Model KMB Volvo Olympian (BLV61001). 

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

As reported earlier, Citybus has put its Volvo B9TL with Wrights bodywork into service and it is seen here earlier today in Exchange Square Bus Terminus.

21st December 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release on 23rd December is the Buses Model KMB Volvo Olympian (BLV61001). A new page and larger photographs will be added shortly.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

New World First Bus has added Dennis Trident/Duple Metsec No. 3360 into the Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus fleet.


 
It is reported that the Citybus two-axle Volvo B9TL with Wrights Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork will enter service shortly.

 
A new page has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section and this features the current operations of China Motor Bus.
 
19th December 2010

 
A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section which features the various vehicles of Discovery Bay Transit. A few photos have also been added to the Citybus page.
17th December 2010

 
In addition to the recently announced 'From the heart to serve passengers' Enviro500, the latest edition of 'KMB Today' gives details of yet another new model, this being a S3V class Alexander bodied Volvo Olympian, believed to be from Buses Model. It is expected to feature S3V8 on route 87D and will be limited to 1,800 pieces.
16th December 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua

I am still catching up with news sent to me whilst I was away, and thanks to Mark Chua from Singapore, a new page has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section which features a new SMRT Buses' Zhongtong LCK6112GHEV demonstrator. 


 

Purchased during my recent visit is this previously unrecorded tram which appears to come from the Sunny Max stable. Details will shortly be added to the 'Trams' section of the site.

15th December 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

A photograph of the model appears below (39412) - the actual vehicle (ATEU19) carrying KMB's 'From the heart to serve passengers' livery appeared in service today, and my special thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to use his excellent photographs, more of which will be added shortly.

12th December 2010

 
The Hong Kong Transport Society has announced that its annual Bus Rally will be held on Sunday 16th January 2011.
11th December 2010

 
This weeks edition of Route One features a very interesting article on Kinchs of Minety and in particular their acquisition of seven former China Light & Power Olympians - well worth a read. 
10th December 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release later this month is this Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500 with all over advertising for KMB (39412). It features ATEU19 (PJ 5118) on route 1A to Star Ferry and is limited to 1,800 pieces.


 
When time allows I hope to add to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section a few photographs from my recent trip, but in the meantime, here is one such photo.
Click on image for larger photograph
 Citybus Enviro400 no. 7001 pictured on 27th November whilst on route 6 from Stanley
approaching Central Exchange Square 
 
or maybe two!!!
 
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 KMB Leyland Olympian S3BL464 pictured arriving at Kowloon City Ferry Pier on 30th November whilst on route 2E from Pak Tin 
9th December 2010

 

Set for publication in January are two new books from OverGround Publishing. The first is the Hong Kong Bus Review 2010, the second book in this series, whilst the other is a KMB/Long Win Fleet book. More details will follow in due course.

8th December 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Venus Collectibles

Tonight has been spent catching up with e-mails received whilst I was away and of note is the release, on 26th November, of this Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon, fleet no. 3N3 from Venus Collectibles (M3N04). Limited to 199 pieces, it is on route 5 to Choi Hung. Further photographs will be added shortly.

7th December 2010

 
Having returned to the UK yesterday, I am still getting used to the change in temperature - last week I was sat in shorts and a T-shirt overlooking Discovery Bay in glorious sunshine and a pleasant 26°C! 

First and foremost, I would like to thank all of you that I met during my stay and for the hospitality given to me, which is very much appreciated. 


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

In my absence the Kowloon Motor Bus Mitsubishi Fuso Mk117J from Cars Workshop (92703) was released, along with the two Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Olympians (92305 and 92306), also from Cars Workshop, photographs of which will be added shortly.
 

6th December 2010
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